Rueda and Öncü conclude British Grand Prix with positive results06/08/2023
Jose Antonio Rueda finishes in eighth position and Deniz Öncü eleventh.
The Moto3 British GP saw an outstanding performance by the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders. Deniz Öncü fought for the podium before placing eleventh, and Jose Antonio Rueda climbed up the order to claim eighth. With these results, the Moto3 team leave Silverstone leading the team classification.
Öncü was ninth on the grid and made a great start to move up into second place, going on to remain in the front group. Despite dropping down the order later on, he managed to recover and was one of the candidates for victory at the British track. He reached the final stretch of the race in podium positions and, after a series of overtakes, moved into second before a last lap collision with another rider put him down to eleventh. Öncü remains fifth in the series with 99 points, and continues to show his solidity and consistency this season.
Rueda, who started from the sixth row on the grid, lost some positions on the opening laps and dropped down to 22nd. He looked for a good feeling and began to recover positions, and after five laps the rookie was already up into the points. Rueda felt more and more comfortable as the race went on and continued to mount his comeback, producing one of his best performances this season to date. On the last lap he gave everything to enter the Top 10 and finally crossed the finish line eighth. He is also eighth in the overall standings with 60 points.
The positive results for Öncü and Rueda allow the Moto3 outfit to lead the team classification with 159 points. The next round of the series is the Austrian Grand Prix, held from August 18-20th at the Red Bull Ring.
Results (Moto3 Race)
1. David Alonso (GASGAS) 33:35.396
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.152
3. Daniel Holgado (KTM) +0.203
4. Ivan Ortola (KTM) +0.337
5. David Muñoz (KTM) +0.471
8. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.892
11. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1.140
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2023
1. Daniel Holgado (KTM) 141 points
2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 119 points
3. Jaume Masia (Honda) 109 points
4. Ivan Ortola (KTM) 107 points
5. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 99 points
8. Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 60 points
Moto3 World Championship Team Standing 2023
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 159 points
2. Angeluss MTA Team 157 points
3. Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP 153 points
4. Leopard Racing 147 points
5. Red Bull KTM Tech3 143 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager:
This weekend has not been the easiest because of the weather conditions. Fortunately we had a dry track on Friday so we had some pace already today. Both riders were happy with the setup of the bike. Unfortunately Jose Antonio’s starting position wasn’t so good, but we still need to be very positive that a rookie was having a really strong race and finished eight. We are happy with his progress. Deniz was so strong during the weekend in all the conditions and this is the sign of how he finds calm, focus and consistency during race weekends. Even in the race he showed that he was really strong in all areas. Unfortunately on the last lap he made a small mistake and we lost the fight for the podium. In any case we need to be really positive about the progress that we have made with Deniz -and of course with Jose Antonio- during the year.
#53 DENIZ ÖNCÜ
Today I felt really strong after five weeks without racing. It’s good to see that both the team and I are strong together. I was managing the race in the best possible way and I tried to understand what I could do on the last laps, waiting for a good moment to attack. On the last lap I made contact with another rider and this meant that I couldn’t fight for the victory, but I felt that I could win. I’m happy with how team are pushing each weekend and we will come back in Austria with a positive mindset.
#99 JOSE ANTONIO RUEDA
I felt quite comfortable with the bike and it was a good race. At the beginning it was a bit difficult for us because we had to fight with several riders, but in the end we finished eighth. I was missing something on the brakes, but we’ll improve that for the next race. I’m happy because in the end I had a good feeling, we’ve improved throughout the weekend and we’re closer to reaching the level we want. Now it’s time for Austria, a circuit that I know and where we will try to improve the results.